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  • IJN Musashi Wreck Located

    do we have any info on the grave site of IJN Musashi.
    is she resting in one piece, on her side, ect.
    thanks

  • #2
    I'd like to see that too in that unlike Yamato she appears to have foundered to progressive flooding and not magazine explosion so the wrecksite should be fairly intact.

    I'd certainly like to be able to count the true number of torpedo strikes along both sides.

    How deep is she does anyone know ?

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    • #3
      Supposedly she hasn't been found and is in 4300 feet of water. Maybe Dr. Ballard could find her.

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      • #4
        Well hes already too late for the Yamato. Shes been surveyed twice already in 1999 and 2005

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        • #5
          Never too late, Ballard is a great scientist. His explorations have been great and without a great deal of flaws in analysis of the wrecks he has explored.

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          • #6
            The USN knows exactly where she lies. They have steamed directly over her while on midshipmen cruises etc and make it a point to point out to their future sailors and officers the gravesite of one of the world's largest battleships albeit not the longest.
            Fortitude.....The strength to persist...The courage to endure.

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            • #7
              Musashi put up one helluva fight. There were quite a few survivors as I understand it. I think not exploding on the way down saved hundreds probably. She holds the record for the greatest number of torpedo hits ever sustained by a battleship .

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Dreadnought View Post
                The USN knows exactly where she lies. They have steamed directly over her while on midshipmen cruises etc and make it a point to point out to their future sailors and officers the gravesite of one of the world's largest battleships albeit not the longest.
                In all, Force A endures raids by 259 U.S. carrier aircraft during the day. MUSASHI sustains a total of 19 torpedo (10 port, 9 starboard) and 17 bomb hits, as well as 18 near misses.

                1530: Vice Admiral Kurita orders the fleet to assume course 290.

                1621: Kurita's force again approaches MUSASHI. She is heading north with a 10-degree list to port, down by the bow more than 26 feet, with her forecastle deck awash. Kurita dispatches cruiser TONE and the destroyers SHIMAKAZE and KIYOSHIMO to escort her.

                All free hands and the wounded are assembled topside starboard to counter the list. The port main anchor is dropped into the sea. Rice and other consumables from the storerooms, as well as timber used in damage control operations, are loaded on the starboard side. In a last attempt to reduce the list, the crew's spaces starboard aft, some boiler rooms and starboard outboard engine room No. 3 are flooded using the Kingston valves. As a result, MUSASHI loses another shaft. Admiral Inoguchi attempts to beach MUSASHI, but her engines stop before he can do so.

                1915: When the list reaches 12 degrees, Inoguchi gives the order to "standby to abandon ship". The Executive Officer, Captain Kato Kenkichi (former XO of CHOKAI), assembles the crew on the afterdeck. The battle flag is lowered. Admiral Inoguchi retires to his cabin and is not seen again.

                1930: After her list reaches 30 degrees to port, MUSASHI slowly starts to turn over. Captain Kato gives the order to abandon ship. He orders the Emperor's portrait removed. SHIMAKAZE removes 635 of 769 of the MAYA's survivors earlier taken aboard MUSASHI.

                Sunk: At 1936, MUSASHI capsizes to port and sinks by the bow in 4,430 feet of water in the Visayan Sea at 13-07N, 122-32E. Two explosions are heard.
                Fortitude.....The strength to persist...The courage to endure.

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                • #9
                  IMO THe USN did nothing short of prolong her death. She would have gone down alot sooner had the USN not have graciously counter flooded her for the Japanese. Had only 5 of those torpedoes hit one side and one side only she would have gone down much much sooner. These are as well the findings of the USN in the after reports from the investigations and recommendations.;)
                  Fortitude.....The strength to persist...The courage to endure.

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                  • #10
                    IMO THe USN did nothing short of prolong her death. She would have gone down alot sooner had the USN not have graciously counter flooded her for the Japanese. Had only 5 of those torpedoes hit one side and one side only she would have gone down much much sooner. These are as well the findings of the USN in the after reports from the investigations and recommendations.
                    They learnt those lessons well . Almost all Yamatos torpedo hits were on one side when it was her turn.

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                    • #11
                      Musashi Found

                      Paul Allen (co-founder of Microsoft) posted this. A pic of Musashi's bow.

                      https://twitter.com/PaulGAllen/statu...31062522982400

                      Ed

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                      • #12
                        There's a better source now.

                        Musashi Expedition - Paul Allen

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                        • #13
                          It appears Musashi has been found!

                          US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines

                          Musashi Expedition - Paul Allen

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                          • #14
                            Fantastic! I've been waiting for this for 20 years. Musashi is the title holder of 'World Biggest Battleship' as she was a bit heavier than her older sister. Now how long will we have to wait for the answer to that all important question:

                            There were reports of a loud underwater explosion after she slipped under so did she blow apart or sink as one piece?

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                            • #15
                              Tullys Port at CombinedFleet.com • View topic - MUSASHI WRECK FOUND!!!!

                              There's some talk on this at CombinedFleet.com, Parshall and Tully's site. Their feeling is that reports of an explosion are shaky, at best.

                              Either way, she's probably beat up a bit after such a long drop. Some of the weaker parts probably broke off on the way down. The turrets would have been dumped when she capsized. They're hoping for some good shots of the AA layout, as they aren't well documented for this part of the war.
                              Last edited by Zad Fnark; 04 Mar 15,, 16:34.

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